• Lutron Maestro LED Dimmer switch with motion sensor, no neutral required, MSCL-OP153M-DS, Desert Stone
  • Lutron Maestro LED Dimmer switch with motion sensor, no neutral required, MSCL-OP153M-DS, Desert Stone
Lutron Maestro LED Dimmer switch with motion sensor, no neutral required, MSCL-OP153M-DS, Desert Stone
Lutron Maestro LED Dimmer switch with motion sensor, no neutral required, MSCL-OP153M-DS, Desert Stone

Lutron Maestro LED Dimmer switch with motion sensor, no neutral required, MSCL-OP153M-DS, Desert Stone

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  • Works with most dimmable CFL/LED bulbs and incandescent/halogen bulbs (please see the Compatible Bulb List under Technical Specification below)
  • For use in Single Pole, 3-Way, or Multi-Location applications
  • Up to 600 watts of incandescent or halogen, 150 watts of dimmable CFL or dimmable LED
  • Automatically turn lights on and off based on room occupancy with added functionality of a dimmer
  • Wallplate not included
  • Senses daylight, so lights don't turn on inadvertently (optional)

Customer Reviews

Nice, once you get it customized This is my third switch after returning 2. I thought the switches were bad but I think the advanced directions are wrong. The fade off was fine but the fade on was too quick for me. I could never get it to work right no matter how many times I followed the directions. It finally worked for me when I used the fade off led position diagram for the fade on. I also reversed the order of led positions. If I picked led position 5 it took 15 seconds for the light to come on. I reset and instead chose 3 which gave me a 5 second fade on. Now it's working the way I want it to, fade off and fade on in 5 seconds. I have three of them and they all had to be programmed with the same alterations in the directions. I would apologize to Amazon for returning non defective switches but how was I to know the directions were screwy. 3Disappointed and Frustrated I had always thought Lutron switches were of good quality and reliability. This switch is very disappointing. It is either a defective unit or it is a poorly engineered product. The enclosed instructions are exceedingly inadequate for achieving the customer s understanding of the programming steps.... for example: the switch s green lights do not behave accordingly in the same manner as set out in the programming procedure instructions. The instructions are too brief, nor well thought out, with insufficient detail and explanation for guiding the customer along. One simply can t tell if the malfunction is due to failing to follow instructions correctly or simply a defective switch. I m left feeling like the switch came with the wrong programming instructions, or broken! I ve tried programming it about 25 times and still unable to set it to function as advertised. I ve followed the instructions carefully, I ve visited the Lutron website for additional instructions, I ve watched YouTube videos... and yet this switch will not program, and it does not operate as advertised. Even worse... this switch turns on the lights automatically every night and every day (while the sun is shining) and always when there is no one in the room, and worse it lights up the bulbs at 100% brightness intensity (regardless of dimmer setting), and it doesn t shut off the lights automatically. So I m constantly checking that room... because this switch is wasting electricity. It s doing the exact opposite of what it s supposed to be doing. The only way to stop this switch from repeating this sequence daily, is to remove it. 1Great Product - One of a Kind This is a great switch. Stylish, smart, and well featured. Honestly I've looked at just about every switch on the market. If you want motion detection & fade on / off this is the only option. I had a previous generation of this switch die on me after about two years. Kind of bummper since the switch cost about $40. Really the price is my only complaint. I have 3 of these in my house all running custom programs. I've never tried this with LED's or CFL's. I wouldn't expect much if you do. LED and CFL's just don't dim well in my opinion and I don't think any switch could fix that.Here's the logic I have used for these switches. If these sound like the type customizations you want, then I highly recommend this switch.1. (Kitchen Under Counter Lights) Detect if someone comes into the Room, Fade from 0 to 30% brightness over 1.5 seconds. If no motion is detected within 1 minutes, fade to 0% over 3 seconds.2. (Kitchen Main Lights) Manual on operation. Fade from 0 to 70% brightness over 3 seconds. If no mo motion is detect within 3 minutes, fade to 0% over 10 seconds.3. (Main Room) Manual on operation. Fade from 0 to 60% brightness over 3 seconds. If no mo motion is detect within 10 minutes, fade to 0% over 15 seconds. Manual override brightness is locked to 80%. 5Lots of Features in a Switch I'm really impressed with the Lutron Maestro Dimmer Switch. It wasn't going to work in my intended location, due to my not realizing the switch was controlling outlets and not directly controlling lights - my error - so I moved this to a light above our kitchen sink. Our kitchen has a lot of recessed lights, but one directly above the sink is on a different switch. I was looking to add something to our kitchen that would provide a little bit of light in the early morning or late at night hours when we wake up to get water or milk for the kids. I installed this dimmer on the one light over the sink and it has been fantastic - now when we walk into the kitchen at night, the light comes on dim and not full-blast and shuts off after about 1 minute.I did have some issues with setup shortly after installation, so I recommend reading through all the advanced settings so you know what you're getting into. By default, the light will stay on for 5 minutes and the motion detection is very sensitive. I wanted to change the light to only come on when it was dark and to stay on for 5 minutes. I initially screwed this up by choosing a different setting so the light was on almost constantly. When you set the light to come on only when it's dark, you can 'train' it to turn on/off by turning it on when you need it - the switch will remember that you want it on and come on. I believe I accidentally trained it incorrectly when I was playing with it, so it would not come on at all until I reset the switch and started over. Now it works perfectly, but I will admit it took a bit of trial and error and reading through all the settings and options a few times.The light I have this on is a retrofit LED can light - it dims perfectly, but I do notice a hint of 'pulsing' inside the light when it's completely off. I'm fairly certain this is due to the LED light not being technically 'dimmable'. I've had other LED lights on switches that weren't rated for LEDs and the lights blinked like police lights - thankfully, I don't have that problem because it's so difficult to see the pulsing light it might as well not be there - but wanted to note that the LED light you have may very well make a difference, so good to check your lighting specs before jumping into the dimmable switch world.If I had more need for dimmable motion switches, this would be my top choice! I may end up switching out more of my switches in the future, but for now I have the night light in my kitchen we needed. 5This thing is magical! OMG love it! Greatest motion sensor switch EVER. It's like a mini computer. You can program it to pretty much do anything. YES this one will stay on as long as you're in the room and turn off when you leave. YES it has a setting so it won't go on if there's other light in the room... and it will actually learn how much light that setting needs by you hitting the button if necessary. You can change so much, I'm super impressed. When the light turns on it quickly ramps up instead of starting on full brightness, and stays where you left it the last time it was on. The memory of this thing really is impressive. Also YES it does work a full 180 degrees. Really good sensor. A+ 5My Go-To for residential lighting components My typical disclaimer: To start off, I'm not biased in my brand loyalty. I don't work for any manufacturers nor do I resale any products. I am, however, very passionate about technology. I research solutions to my needs in great detail, and form strong opinions for certain products that meet my high standards.I have been working on changing the entire house over to more efficient energy management products. I happen to be married to a woman who doesn't always turn off the lights when leaving a room. Although the impact is not great, since about 90% of our lighting has been changed over to LED, there is still waste. Since changing her habits is not easy, nor worth the nagging necessary to achieve it, my solution is to take the effort out of turning off the lights. I researched COMPLETE product lines available for residential use, and the two resulting brands were Leviton and Lutron. After a closer look into their physical design characteristics, I decided to go with Lutron. I currently have several of this model dimmer, used in both occupied and vacant modes depending on the room, and I haven't been let down. The product arrived well packaged, well protected, and worked perfectly out of the box. 5Can't believe I didn't get this earlier. I recommend it to everyone. I have one of these units in my kitchen. I really like the convenience of the lights turning on and off when I enter and leave the room. I really like the motion sensor, and find it to be sensitive enough for most situations. Occasionally, I put tools one the countertop near the switch, and that blocks the sensor. Other times, the lights have gone out when I'm not moving enough. I wonder if I have a strong enough pulse. LOL. A simple wave of the arm turns the light back on.I liked it so much that I purchase this unit for my parent's kitchen. There are two entrances to the room, and the light switch is in an odd place inside the room where you have to reach over a table. This makes it so much easier for them, especially at night when other lights might not be on. I've put in a number of led night lights. Setting them up with a porch light that turns on from Dusk to Dawn. And looking into the RING video doorbell. But this is the new feature that she likes the best. She's thrilled with it. The light goes on as soon as she comes near the room. To ensure that it comes on, I set the motion sensor's sensitivity to high. This works great for her, giving her plenty of time to enter a well lit room. 5There Simply is no Competition This Lutron dimmer switch is heads and tails above any other brand. I recently have been on a mission to update all the old electrical switches in the house and needed motion sensors for the garage and master closet. I looked at the cheaper Lutron motion sensor switches but did not like the click sound they make when turning on and wanted more of a customized feel - this switch offers just that. It is a bit expensive but the ability to set brightness levels and fade settings are worth it if you re a particular person like myself. The wiring and set up is straight forward and the added benefit of Lutron 24/7 tech support is useful if you get stuck or have a question.Both motion sensors work great with my recessed LED lighting and I love the fade feature when the lights are turning off. Bottom line, these switches look modern, sleek and provide complete control over your environment. I couldn t be more pleased and am considering purchasing more for my laundry room, pantry, bathrooms and other walk-in closets. 5Why it s good to be dim This Lutron MSCL-OP153M motion sensor dimmer costs more than others, but if you are sensitive about your home environment, it may well be worth it to you. I have installed 3 of these in my home during the past few years, and am very pleased with them. I was on the verge of purchasing a fourth switch when amazon offered me a free one as part of the vine program, in exchange for writing a review - an offer I just couldn t resist.If your light switch is in a favorable location, you can replace it with a motion sensor and the lights will turn on automatically when you walk into the room. Very handy in places like garages, laundry rooms, workshops - basically any room you tend to enter with your hands full.The most obvious thing setting these Lutron Maestro sensors apart, is the pleasant, soothing, fade-to-on and fade-to-off effect. When we come home at night, our hall lights smoothly fade to on as we walk through the front door. We no longer need a constantly burning night-light in the bathroom: as a guest enters the room the lights gracefully fade-on, and then turn themselves off just as gracefully a few minutes after the room is vacated.Other, less expensive occupancy sensors can do a similar job, but the big downside is they snap on, and snap off abruptly. They are a good choice if you are on a tight budget, or if your lights cannot be dimmed (most fluorescent tubes cannot). There are many brands of this harsh style switch, including Lutron (I installed one in my mothers laundry room with non-dimmable fluorescent lights and it works fine). But don t kid yourself, the experience of this abrupt on-off style switch is far inferior compared to the Maestro dimming sensor. In most applications, I would probably re-lamp the room with bulbs that dim in order to use the Maestro.The Good:Clear, comprehensive instructions come with the switch, detailing the most common installations. Plus you can look up additional details online for special cases.The wiring job is easy, and straight-forward IF you are replacing a single-switch-controlled light. Just wire it in exactly like the switch you are replacing and it will work fine.Can be wired into situations where more two switches control a single light (curiously called a three way configuration in the electrical trades). This situation is a bit tricky so you will need to follow the instructions carefully, but it can be done (if I can do it, probably you can too!). This extra complexity isn t really a knock against Lutron, because even regular, mechanical 3-way switches can be a challenge to many DIY folks, especially those who don t like to follow instructions.Lutron also makes a companion control that simplifies the 3-way situation, but I have no experience with that.Configurable in numerous ways to suit your taste, or the situation. The switch can function as an occupancy sensor (lights go on when you enter a room, and off when you leave, automatically), a vacancy sensor (you manually turn on the lights, and they go off automatically when you leave the room), and in many other ways. (More details about this below).Completely silent when turning on and off. Less expensive, non-dimming sensors usually use relays - if you have sensitive ears you will hear them click on and off.Lights can be set to any level. The dimmer part of this sensor consists of Lutron s highly regarded Maestro dimmer. See reviews of that particular product for complete details.These switches are available in multiple colors (I have a Burgundy colored one in my wine-room, for example).These are thoughtfully-designed, sophisticated, well made switches - typical of the Lutron brand. I have numerous Lutron switches - some more than 10 years old - and cannot recall encountering a single defective one.The switch gives you ample warning that it is about to turn off the lights by dimming them many seconds before things go dark. This is a wonderful, useful feature - something cheaper, on-off style sensors simply cannot do.The Bad:Your existing switch must be in a favorable location. Basically the switch needs to be able to see you in order to work it s magic. (More details available in Lutron s online document.)These switches are a bit bulkier than simple mechanical switches. Not a problem in most cases, and no bulkier than regular dimmer switches, but maybe an issue if you ve got a really small, tight, overcrowded electrical box.Summary:Any light that can be dimmed can be automatically and gracefully turned on and off by this sensor switch, as long as it can see you in the room. It will work with most bulbs that are dimmable, (including LEDs, Halogens, etc.)If your bulbs cannot be dimmed, this switch will not work - consider re-lamping with appropriate bulbs, or use an on-off style sensor (e.g. Lutron s MS-OPS2).Other Details:What is a favorable location? A switch located inside the room, next to the doorway is often a very good location. Many switches in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and garages are oriented this way.A less favorable location is a switch that sees too much. For example I have a hallway light switch that sees into another room. It was a challenge to set up because it would turn on when one walked from the kitchen to the living room. I was able to get it working quite nicely by partially covering the sensor with a small piece of tape (basically blinding its view to the left ).Configurability. Wow. There are so many ways to configure this switch I will cover only a few of the cool things you can do:Turn lights on when a person enters the room, and off a short time after everyone has left the room. This is often called an Occupancy Sensor.Do NOT turn lights on automatically - only do it if the On button is tapped (like a regular switch). But, once everyone leaves the room turn the lights off automatically. This is often called a Vacancy Sensor.Never automatically turn the lights on during the day - only do it when the room is dark (uses an ambient light sensor for this trick).Turn lights on automatically when someone enters the room. If that someone turns the lights off, don t turn on again automatically until everyone has left the room. You might use this in your TV room.Set the highest and lowest levels the dimmer can be adjusted to. (Useful for certain finicky LED bulbs that don t dim all the way down, for example).Adjust the level the lights go to when the switch automatically turns on (default is 100%).Adjust the rate at which the lights fade on and off.Disable the small, discrete, indicator lights on the switch (not even I am fussy enough to have tried this one - yet!)Set timeout duration to (1, 3, 5, 15 or 30 minutes). This is how long lights stay on after the room is vacated. Default is 5 minutes.Adjust the sensitivity of the main sensor (high or low). If this isn t enough, you can cover part of the sensor with tape, as I did for my hallway switch.For additional details about this switch, goto the Lutron website (lutron.com), and search for the document entitled: 048480a.pdf. This 23 page document provides a wealth of information about the sensor range, settings, and myriad configuration options.Buy the way. If you really must know, my latest Lutron switch is going to automatically control the lights in our walk-in closet.Hope you found this review useful. 5Will your lights Buzz? Not if you get a debuzzing coil! The beginning of the video is at the top of an LED downlight with the microphone near the fixture (hence, no video of the fixture). The end is near the working debuzzing coil (which has taken on the volume the LED fixtures were initially putting out with the dimmer switch inline- the debuzzing coil shouldn't be exposed like this and should be wired into a suitable junction box).I was really upset when I installed a set of 10 SATCO LED downlights in our basement along with this switch- I was worried the buzzing emanating from the fixtures would give me a brain cloud which can only be treated by jumping into a volcano.I did some research and found that a debuzzing coil would dampen the cyclic on/off signal that a dimmer provides to LED lights, which allows the light to reduce somehow (I'm not an engineer... yet), but can cause tremendous noise. Despite SATCO listing this as a compatible dimmer, there is a threshold of buzzing that is allowed rated in decibels. With 10 LEDs, they all put out enough decibels that it was audible everywhere. The debuzzing coil, with some damping material so it doesn't reverberate in the junction box, has taken up all the buzz and is only noticeable directly underneath it.I highly recommend this dimmer for its utility. The buzzing, at least with SATCO LED's, can be resolved with a simple 150W rated debuzzing coil. 5
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Nice, once you get it customized This is my third switch after returning 2. I thought the switches were bad but I think the advanced directions are wrong. The fade off was fine but the fade on was too quick for me. I could never get it to work right no matter how many times I followed the directions. It finally worked for me when I used the fade off led position diagram for the fade on. I also reversed the order of led positions. If I picked led position 5 it took 15 seconds for the light to come on. I reset and instead chose 3 which gave me a 5 second fade on. Now it's working the way I want it to, fade off and fade on in 5 seconds. I have three of them and they all had to be programmed with the same alterations in the directions. I would apologize to Amazon for returning non defective switches but how was I to know the directions were screwy. 3Disappointed and Frustrated I had always thought Lutron switches were of good quality and reliability. This switch is very disappointing. It is either a defective unit or it is a poorly engineered product. The enclosed instructions are exceedingly inadequate for achieving the customer s understanding of the programming steps.... for example: the switch s green lights do not behave accordingly in the same manner as set out in the programming procedure instructions. The instructions are too brief, nor well thought out, with insufficient detail and explanation for guiding the customer along. One simply can t tell if the malfunction is due to failing to follow instructions correctly or simply a defective switch. I m left feeling like the switch came with the wrong programming instructions, or broken! I ve tried programming it about 25 times and still unable to set it to function as advertised. I ve followed the instructions carefully, I ve visited the Lutron website for additional instructions, I ve watched YouTube videos... and yet this switch will not program, and it does not operate as advertised. Even worse... this switch turns on the lights automatically every night and every day (while the sun is shining) and always when there is no one in the room, and worse it lights up the bulbs at 100% brightness intensity (regardless of dimmer setting), and it doesn t shut off the lights automatically. So I m constantly checking that room... because this switch is wasting electricity. It s doing the exact opposite of what it s supposed to be doing. The only way to stop this switch from repeating this sequence daily, is to remove it. 1Great Product - One of a Kind This is a great switch. Stylish, smart, and well featured. Honestly I've looked at just about every switch on the market. If you want motion detection & fade on / off this is the only option. I had a previous generation of this switch die on me after about two years. Kind of bummper since the switch cost about $40. Really the price is my only complaint. I have 3 of these in my house all running custom programs. I've never tried this with LED's or CFL's. I wouldn't expect much if you do. LED and CFL's just don't dim well in my opinion and I don't think any switch could fix that.Here's the logic I have used for these switches. If these sound like the type customizations you want, then I highly recommend this switch.1. (Kitchen Under Counter Lights) Detect if someone comes into the Room, Fade from 0 to 30% brightness over 1.5 seconds. If no motion is detected within 1 minutes, fade to 0% over 3 seconds.2. (Kitchen Main Lights) Manual on operation. Fade from 0 to 70% brightness over 3 seconds. If no mo motion is detect within 3 minutes, fade to 0% over 10 seconds.3. (Main Room) Manual on operation. Fade from 0 to 60% brightness over 3 seconds. If no mo motion is detect within 10 minutes, fade to 0% over 15 seconds. Manual override brightness is locked to 80%. 5Lots of Features in a Switch I'm really impressed with the Lutron Maestro Dimmer Switch. It wasn't going to work in my intended location, due to my not realizing the switch was controlling outlets and not directly controlling lights - my error - so I moved this to a light above our kitchen sink. Our kitchen has a lot of recessed lights, but one directly above the sink is on a different switch. I was looking to add something to our kitchen that would provide a little bit of light in the early morning or late at night hours when we wake up to get water or milk for the kids. I installed this dimmer on the one light over the sink and it has been fantastic - now when we walk into the kitchen at night, the light comes on dim and not full-blast and shuts off after about 1 minute.I did have some issues with setup shortly after installation, so I recommend reading through all the advanced settings so you know what you're getting into. By default, the light will stay on for 5 minutes and the motion detection is very sensitive. I wanted to change the light to only come on when it was dark and to stay on for 5 minutes. I initially screwed this up by choosing a different setting so the light was on almost constantly. When you set the light to come on only when it's dark, you can 'train' it to turn on/off by turning it on when you need it - the switch will remember that you want it on and come on. I believe I accidentally trained it incorrectly when I was playing with it, so it would not come on at all until I reset the switch and started over. Now it works perfectly, but I will admit it took a bit of trial and error and reading through all the settings and options a few times.The light I have this on is a retrofit LED can light - it dims perfectly, but I do notice a hint of 'pulsing' inside the light when it's completely off. I'm fairly certain this is due to the LED light not being technically 'dimmable'. I've had other LED lights on switches that weren't rated for LEDs and the lights blinked like police lights - thankfully, I don't have that problem because it's so difficult to see the pulsing light it might as well not be there - but wanted to note that the LED light you have may very well make a difference, so good to check your lighting specs before jumping into the dimmable switch world.If I had more need for dimmable motion switches, this would be my top choice! I may end up switching out more of my switches in the future, but for now I have the night light in my kitchen we needed. 5This thing is magical! OMG love it! Greatest motion sensor switch EVER. It's like a mini computer. You can program it to pretty much do anything. YES this one will stay on as long as you're in the room and turn off when you leave. YES it has a setting so it won't go on if there's other light in the room... and it will actually learn how much light that setting needs by you hitting the button if necessary. You can change so much, I'm super impressed. When the light turns on it quickly ramps up instead of starting on full brightness, and stays where you left it the last time it was on. The memory of this thing really is impressive. Also YES it does work a full 180 degrees. Really good sensor. A+ 5My Go-To for residential lighting components My typical disclaimer: To start off, I'm not biased in my brand loyalty. I don't work for any manufacturers nor do I resale any products. I am, however, very passionate about technology. I research solutions to my needs in great detail, and form strong opinions for certain products that meet my high standards.I have been working on changing the entire house over to more efficient energy management products. I happen to be married to a woman who doesn't always turn off the lights when leaving a room. Although the impact is not great, since about 90% of our lighting has been changed over to LED, there is still waste. Since changing her habits is not easy, nor worth the nagging necessary to achieve it, my solution is to take the effort out of turning off the lights. I researched COMPLETE product lines available for residential use, and the two resulting brands were Leviton and Lutron. After a closer look into their physical design characteristics, I decided to go with Lutron. I currently have several of this model dimmer, used in both occupied and vacant modes depending on the room, and I haven't been let down. The product arrived well packaged, well protected, and worked perfectly out of the box. 5Can't believe I didn't get this earlier. I recommend it to everyone. I have one of these units in my kitchen. I really like the convenience of the lights turning on and off when I enter and leave the room. I really like the motion sensor, and find it to be sensitive enough for most situations. Occasionally, I put tools one the countertop near the switch, and that blocks the sensor. Other times, the lights have gone out when I'm not moving enough. I wonder if I have a strong enough pulse. LOL. A simple wave of the arm turns the light back on.I liked it so much that I purchase this unit for my parent's kitchen. There are two entrances to the room, and the light switch is in an odd place inside the room where you have to reach over a table. This makes it so much easier for them, especially at night when other lights might not be on. I've put in a number of led night lights. Setting them up with a porch light that turns on from Dusk to Dawn. And looking into the RING video doorbell. But this is the new feature that she likes the best. She's thrilled with it. The light goes on as soon as she comes near the room. To ensure that it comes on, I set the motion sensor's sensitivity to high. This works great for her, giving her plenty of time to enter a well lit room. 5There Simply is no Competition This Lutron dimmer switch is heads and tails above any other brand. I recently have been on a mission to update all the old electrical switches in the house and needed motion sensors for the garage and master closet. I looked at the cheaper Lutron motion sensor switches but did not like the click sound they make when turning on and wanted more of a customized feel - this switch offers just that. It is a bit expensive but the ability to set brightness levels and fade settings are worth it if you re a particular person like myself. The wiring and set up is straight forward and the added benefit of Lutron 24/7 tech support is useful if you get stuck or have a question.Both motion sensors work great with my recessed LED lighting and I love the fade feature when the lights are turning off. Bottom line, these switches look modern, sleek and provide complete control over your environment. I couldn t be more pleased and am considering purchasing more for my laundry room, pantry, bathrooms and other walk-in closets. 5Why it s good to be dim This Lutron MSCL-OP153M motion sensor dimmer costs more than others, but if you are sensitive about your home environment, it may well be worth it to you. I have installed 3 of these in my home during the past few years, and am very pleased with them. I was on the verge of purchasing a fourth switch when amazon offered me a free one as part of the vine program, in exchange for writing a review - an offer I just couldn t resist.If your light switch is in a favorable location, you can replace it with a motion sensor and the lights will turn on automatically when you walk into the room. Very handy in places like garages, laundry rooms, workshops - basically any room you tend to enter with your hands full.The most obvious thing setting these Lutron Maestro sensors apart, is the pleasant, soothing, fade-to-on and fade-to-off effect. When we come home at night, our hall lights smoothly fade to on as we walk through the front door. We no longer need a constantly burning night-light in the bathroom: as a guest enters the room the lights gracefully fade-on, and then turn themselves off just as gracefully a few minutes after the room is vacated.Other, less expensive occupancy sensors can do a similar job, but the big downside is they snap on, and snap off abruptly. They are a good choice if you are on a tight budget, or if your lights cannot be dimmed (most fluorescent tubes cannot). There are many brands of this harsh style switch, including Lutron (I installed one in my mothers laundry room with non-dimmable fluorescent lights and it works fine). But don t kid yourself, the experience of this abrupt on-off style switch is far inferior compared to the Maestro dimming sensor. In most applications, I would probably re-lamp the room with bulbs that dim in order to use the Maestro.The Good:Clear, comprehensive instructions come with the switch, detailing the most common installations. Plus you can look up additional details online for special cases.The wiring job is easy, and straight-forward IF you are replacing a single-switch-controlled light. Just wire it in exactly like the switch you are replacing and it will work fine.Can be wired into situations where more two switches control a single light (curiously called a three way configuration in the electrical trades). This situation is a bit tricky so you will need to follow the instructions carefully, but it can be done (if I can do it, probably you can too!). This extra complexity isn t really a knock against Lutron, because even regular, mechanical 3-way switches can be a challenge to many DIY folks, especially those who don t like to follow instructions.Lutron also makes a companion control that simplifies the 3-way situation, but I have no experience with that.Configurable in numerous ways to suit your taste, or the situation. The switch can function as an occupancy sensor (lights go on when you enter a room, and off when you leave, automatically), a vacancy sensor (you manually turn on the lights, and they go off automatically when you leave the room), and in many other ways. (More details about this below).Completely silent when turning on and off. Less expensive, non-dimming sensors usually use relays - if you have sensitive ears you will hear them click on and off.Lights can be set to any level. The dimmer part of this sensor consists of Lutron s highly regarded Maestro dimmer. See reviews of that particular product for complete details.These switches are available in multiple colors (I have a Burgundy colored one in my wine-room, for example).These are thoughtfully-designed, sophisticated, well made switches - typical of the Lutron brand. I have numerous Lutron switches - some more than 10 years old - and cannot recall encountering a single defective one.The switch gives you ample warning that it is about to turn off the lights by dimming them many seconds before things go dark. This is a wonderful, useful feature - something cheaper, on-off style sensors simply cannot do.The Bad:Your existing switch must be in a favorable location. Basically the switch needs to be able to see you in order to work it s magic. (More details available in Lutron s online document.)These switches are a bit bulkier than simple mechanical switches. Not a problem in most cases, and no bulkier than regular dimmer switches, but maybe an issue if you ve got a really small, tight, overcrowded electrical box.Summary:Any light that can be dimmed can be automatically and gracefully turned on and off by this sensor switch, as long as it can see you in the room. It will work with most bulbs that are dimmable, (including LEDs, Halogens, etc.)If your bulbs cannot be dimmed, this switch will not work - consider re-lamping with appropriate bulbs, or use an on-off style sensor (e.g. Lutron s MS-OPS2).Other Details:What is a favorable location? A switch located inside the room, next to the doorway is often a very good location. Many switches in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and garages are oriented this way.A less favorable location is a switch that sees too much. For example I have a hallway light switch that sees into another room. It was a challenge to set up because it would turn on when one walked from the kitchen to the living room. I was able to get it working quite nicely by partially covering the sensor with a small piece of tape (basically blinding its view to the left ).Configurability. Wow. There are so many ways to configure this switch I will cover only a few of the cool things you can do:Turn lights on when a person enters the room, and off a short time after everyone has left the room. This is often called an Occupancy Sensor.Do NOT turn lights on automatically - only do it if the On button is tapped (like a regular switch). But, once everyone leaves the room turn the lights off automatically. This is often called a Vacancy Sensor.Never automatically turn the lights on during the day - only do it when the room is dark (uses an ambient light sensor for this trick).Turn lights on automatically when someone enters the room. If that someone turns the lights off, don t turn on again automatically until everyone has left the room. You might use this in your TV room.Set the highest and lowest levels the dimmer can be adjusted to. (Useful for certain finicky LED bulbs that don t dim all the way down, for example).Adjust the level the lights go to when the switch automatically turns on (default is 100%).Adjust the rate at which the lights fade on and off.Disable the small, discrete, indicator lights on the switch (not even I am fussy enough to have tried this one - yet!)Set timeout duration to (1, 3, 5, 15 or 30 minutes). This is how long lights stay on after the room is vacated. Default is 5 minutes.Adjust the sensitivity of the main sensor (high or low). If this isn t enough, you can cover part of the sensor with tape, as I did for my hallway switch.For additional details about this switch, goto the Lutron website (lutron.com), and search for the document entitled: 048480a.pdf. This 23 page document provides a wealth of information about the sensor range, settings, and myriad configuration options.Buy the way. If you really must know, my latest Lutron switch is going to automatically control the lights in our walk-in closet.Hope you found this review useful. 5Will your lights Buzz? Not if you get a debuzzing coil! The beginning of the video is at the top of an LED downlight with the microphone near the fixture (hence, no video of the fixture). The end is near the working debuzzing coil (which has taken on the volume the LED fixtures were initially putting out with the dimmer switch inline- the debuzzing coil shouldn't be exposed like this and should be wired into a suitable junction box).I was really upset when I installed a set of 10 SATCO LED downlights in our basement along with this switch- I was worried the buzzing emanating from the fixtures would give me a brain cloud which can only be treated by jumping into a volcano.I did some research and found that a debuzzing coil would dampen the cyclic on/off signal that a dimmer provides to LED lights, which allows the light to reduce somehow (I'm not an engineer... yet), but can cause tremendous noise. Despite SATCO listing this as a compatible dimmer, there is a threshold of buzzing that is allowed rated in decibels. With 10 LEDs, they all put out enough decibels that it was audible everywhere. The debuzzing coil, with some damping material so it doesn't reverberate in the junction box, has taken up all the buzz and is only noticeable directly underneath it.I highly recommend this dimmer for its utility. The buzzing, at least with SATCO LED's, can be resolved with a simple 150W rated debuzzing coil. 5
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